If some anti-tobacco lobbyists have their way, Wyoming's tobacco tax could go up $1.00.
Using tobacco is no cheap vice. An average pack runs about $4 and change with the state's $.60 tax in place. But some anti-tobacco lobbyists are hoping to raise that number by an entire dollar to $1.60.
They have at least one lawmaker on board. Representative Lee Filer says he's drafting a bill that would raise the tax on all tobacco products excluding cigarettes. He says Representative Gerald Gay is writing another bill that would hike the tax on cigarettes.
Even though neither piece of legislation has been presented, lawmakers are already voicing their opinions. Representative Bunky Loucks - (R) Natrona County - is against the tax increase.
Representative Filer says his bill will be ready next week.